No doubt you remember the young woman from Barney Frank’s town hall meeting — the one who tied Democratic plans for health care reform to Nazism.
The NYT political blog, the Lede, notes that Frank’s interrogator turns out to be a follower of famed wingnut Lyndon LaRouche.
Writes the Lede:
For those unfamiliar with the range of his thinking, Mr. LaRouche also claims that the Queen of England is a drug smuggler, and recently suggested that “top circles in London, who are furious at President Barack Obama for flubbing the British demands to impose fascism on the United States,” may soon “attempt to assassinate the President.”
No one is more put out by the fact that Mr. LaRouche has received no credit for introducing Nazis into the health care debate than Mr. LaRouche himself. In a news release this month, his political action committee wrote, “Lyndon LaRouche and the LaRouchePAC are the source of the campaign to expose the Obama ‘health care’ policy as modeled on that of Hitler in 1939.”
The Anti-Defamation League helpfully published a new report on LaRouche and his followers late last week. As you can imagine, the ADL was more concerned with the use Hitler imagery than health care arguments:
Since May 2009, LaRouche and his network of supporters, many of which are part of the LaRouche Political Action Committee (LPAC), have focused on health care reform, producing signs, banners, pamphlets and other items that employ Nazi imagery, including the Hitler comparisons.
In a May 4, 2009, LPAC statement, LaRouche described the Obama administration’s health care proposals as “Nazi stuff…We’re looking for what is the difference between President Obama and Hitler on health policy. We’ve done a lot of research, and we’ve not yet been able to discover the difference.”
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